Minas Halaj was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in the family of artist Samuel Halaj. Minas has received multiple degrees in art from his native Yerevan, and has continued his formal art training at several Californian schools since he arrived in the US in 2002. His art manifests itself by way of a symphony of graphics, sculptures, collages and figurative compositions. Painting his subjects with oil, his complex work often includes tar, fabric wood, elaborate appliqués, recycled paper or odd buttons. His beautifully intricate art has been featured in nearly 50 contemporary art exhibits around the world, with many pieces now residing in high-profile international collections. Many of his paintings are with private collectors, including actor Jim Carrey.